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County addresses health and education

Sunday, August 31, 2014 - Updated: 7:17 PM

By PETE KLEIN

Express News Staff

LAKE PLEASANT -- When the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors met in August, it passed a resolution that will help provide Preschool Special Education programs at Wells Central School and Lake Pleasant Central School. It also passed several resolutions concerning health care for county residents.

Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service is required to provide speech, occupational and physical therapy services for children ages 3-5 residing within Hamilton County who have a developmental delay. Developmental delays are determined by an evaluation through a school's Committee on Pre-School Special Education.

The Rate Setting Unit of the NYS Education Department sets compensation rates for services and the Board of Supervisors chooses service providers each year. Contracts run from Sept. 1, 2014 through Aug. 31, 2015.

The following center-based preschool service providers were approved: NYSARC Inc., a/k/a The Children's Corner - The Adirondack ARC, Tupper Lake; Prospect Center, Queensbury; and Upstate Cerebral Palsy Inc., Utica.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST CONTRACT

The board authorized the Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service (HCPHNS) to enter into a contract with Laura Walter, Occupational Therapist, North Creek, to provide occupational therapy to the residents of Hamilton County for the period Sep. 2014 through Dec. 31, 2014 at a rate of $70 per visit plus mileage.

MENTAL HEALTH

Based upon the recommendations of the Hamilton County Community Services Board to fill vacancies on the Hamilton County Community Services Board and the Hamilton County Community Services Board subcommittees, the supervisors appointed Paul Williamsen, Wells, to the Hamilton County Community Services Board and the Hamilton County Community Services Boards Mental Health subcommittee with both appointments having terms expiring Dec. 31, 2017.

Supervisors also appointed Daryl Parslow, Piseco, to the Hamilton County Community Services Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities subcommittee with a term to expire Dec. 31, 2016.

AFFORDABLE CARE ACT TAX

The Affordable Care Act imposes a fee (tax) on Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) and Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRA) plan sponsors to help fund the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

The PCORI Fee is required to be reported only once a year on the second quarter FORM 720 and paid by July 31, is based on the average number of lives covered under the plan for twelve months of the previous plan year in the amount of $2 per covered life on an annual basis.

The board authorized a payment of $142 be to the United States Treasury for the required 2013 PCORI Fee.

ADIRONDACK PARTNERSHIP GRANTS

Hamilton County was awarded two grants on behalf of the Adirondack Partnership. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is funding the Adirondack Strategies project with a $123,000 grant and the NYS Department of State Division of Coastal Resources, with a grant for $250,000.

The Adirondack Community Housing Trust is the project administrator.

When the board met, it authorized an earlier agreement with the Adirondack Community Housing Trust to administer the grants be amended to have a term through April 30, 2015.

The grants are to be used for a variety of projects including regional housing and revitalization strategies, community development, comprehensive plans and zoning updates.

peteklein@hamiltoncountyexpress.com

     

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